On April 30, 1789, George Washington was sworn into office, becoming the first President of the United States. This January 20th, President Barack Obama will be sworn into office for his second term, making this the 44th U.S. Presidential inauguration. Student Body President Nicole Ferree, Vice President Derek Maiolo, Junior class President Caitlin Harjes and Student Council Historian Abigail Gonzalez are currently on their way to witness this historic event.
The four hope to bring back ideas for Student Council, meet government officials, expand their understanding of government policies and gain new leadership skills. “Our nation’s capital is a great place and there’s a lot of exciting things here. I think the learning aspect will be very beneficial, along with meeting new people and learning from other schools’ student governments,” said Gonzalez.
It is going to be an expensive trip, the average cost per student is $2,500. Through hard work, commitment, fund raising, and the help of WorldStrides, the team has managed to make it happen. WorldStrides is a national travel organization that focuses on enriching students’ lives and enhancing their education through experiential travel. WorldStrides has organized and is helping other student governments across the country make it to the presidential inauguration this year. While in D.C., they plan on seeing and exploring The Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museum and Holocaust museum.
Each of the students is looking forward to enhancing their leadership skills through this experience. Taking this trip will not only be beneficial for them but for the student body as well. The knowledge they gain will influence what they will do in student council and will help leave an example for future student council members. They will return to campus January 22.